MAPLESTORY UPDATES

New Update!

  • Xenon, wicked Gelimer’s ultimate combat machine, is here!
  • This new hybrid character has the powers of both Pirates and Thieves.
  • Help Xenon recover his erased memories!
  • This update also features androids, additional pets to accompany your hero!
  • Boost your android’s stats with Mechanical Hearts, and alter their style!
  • Go on epic adventures together with your new robotic friends!
  • Power up with new Pocket equipment, Explorers!
  • Earn new equipment through Guild boss battles, Expeditions, and more!
  • Also Includes Valentine’s Day, Lunar New Year Event, Moonlight Reward Shop, etc.
  • An open-world, anime MMO adventure awaits on your phone in MapleStory M!

Moonlight Magic Patch- February 10

Accept a call for participation in a special Ellinel full-of-the-moon Party being held in Ellinel to celebrate the blue full moon! Participate in events like Star Balloon Pop, Celestial Cookie Flip, and Potion Pyramid to gather candies and exchange them for valuable gifts. you’ll use these candies to get items from Moonlight Enhancement Shop and spun sugar Workshop! Don’t miss out on an opportunity to realize extra levels from Phiny’s Magic Wand and to receive Valentine’s Day-themed rewards from Tracy’s Valentine’s Gifts event!

The Maplehood Watch Is Back for 2021!

  • PST (UTC -8): Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 4:00 PM – Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 3:59 PM
  • CET (UTC +1): Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 1:00 AM – Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 12:59 AM
  • AEDT (UTC +11): Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 11:00 AM – Wednesday, February 10, 2021 10:59 AM

Special Days Event Schedule:

  • Wednesday – Gachapon Day
    • January 27 and February 3
  • Saturday – Enhancement Day
    • January 30 and February 6
  • Monday – Beauty Day
    • February 1 and February 8

Join the Maplehood Watch to protect the neighborhood and earn free Cash items! Hunt monsters that are hanging around nearby and you will be rewarded with a random Maplehood Watch Gachapon Box and Maplehood Watch Avatar Box, Maplehood Watch Hair and Face Coupons, or an Enhancement item depending on what day it is. Wednesday is Gachapon/Avatar Day, Saturday is Enhancement Day, and Monday is Beauty Day!

This event is available to all characters Lv. 101 or higher, and to Zero characters who’ve completed Story Quest Chapter 2.

Wednesday – Gachapon Day

January 27:

  • PST (UTC -8): Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 4:00 PM – Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 3:59 PM
  • CET (UTC +1): Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 1:00 AM – Thursday, January 28, 2021, 12:59 AM
  • AEDT (UTC +11): Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 11:00 AM – Thursday, January 28, 2021 10:59 AM

February 3:

  • PST (UTC -8): Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 4:00 PM – Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 3:59 PM
  • CET (UTC +1): Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 1:00 AM – Thursday, February 4, 2021, 12:59 AM
  • AEDT (UTC +11): Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 11:00 AM – Thursday, February 4, 2021 10:59 AM

Wednesdays are Gachapon Days! This can be completed 3 times per character per day. Log in and accept the quest ‘[Maplehood Watch] Gachapon Giveaway’ from Cassandra located in the Star Notifier. Hunt 200 monsters within your level range (20 levels below and 20 levels above, based on level) to receive rewards!

Maplehood Watch Avatar Box

Also on Wednesdays, you can receive three Maplehood Watch Avatar Boxes. Double-click each one to receive one random item including:

  • Banana Outing Hat, Banana Outing Clothes, and Banana Monkey Attacker.
  • Cape Beret (M), Cape Uniform (M), Twinkling Rainbow, and Sweet Lollipop.
  • Banana Outing Hat, Banana Outing Clothes, and Banana Monkey Attacker.
  • Spring Cleaning Head Scarf, Spring Cleaning Coveralls, and Rainbow Duster.

Saturday – Enhancement Day

January 30:

  • PST (UTC -8): Friday, January 29, 2021, 4:00 PM – Saturday, January 30, 2021, 3:59 PM
  • CET (UTC +1): Saturday, January 30, 2021 1:00 AM – Sunday, January 31, 2021 12:59 AM
  • AEDT (UTC +11): Saturday, January 30, 2021 11:00 AM – Sunday, January 30, 2021 10:59 AM

February 6:

  • PST (UTC -8): Friday, February 5, 2021, 4:00 PM – Saturday, February 6, 2021 3:59 PM
  • CET (UTC +1): Saturday, February 6 2021 1:00 AM – Sunday, February 7, 2021 12:59 AM
  • AEDT (UTC +11): Saturday, February 6, 2021 11:00 AM – Sunday, February 7, 2021 10:59 AM

Saturdays are Enhancement Days! This can be completed 2 times per character per day. Log in and accept the quest ‘[Maplehood Watch] New and Enhanced’ from Mr. Bebe located in the Star Notifier. Hunt 200 monsters within your level range (20 levels below and 20 levels above, based on level) to receive rewards!

Monday – Beauty Day

February 1:

  • PST (UTC -8): Sunday, January 31, 2021, 4:00 PM – Monday, February 1, 2021, 3:59 PM
  • CET (UTC +1): Monday, February 1, 2021 1:00 AM – Tuesday, February 2, 2021 12:59 AM
  • AEDT (UTC +11): Monday, February 1, 2021 11:00 AM – Tuesday, February 2, 2021 10:59 AM

February 8:

  • PST (UTC -8): Sunday, February 7, 2021, 4:00 PM – Monday, February 8, 2021, 3:59 PM
  • CET (UTC +1): Monday, February 8, 2021 1:00 AM – Tuesday, February 9, 2021 12:59 AM
  • AEDT (UTC +11): Monday, February 8, 2021 11:00 AM – Tuesday, February 9, 2021 10:59 AM

Mondays are Beauty Days! This can be completed 3 times per character per day. Log in and accept the quest ‘[Maplehood Watch] Beautification Bonanza’ from Big Headward located in the Star Notifier. Hunt monsters within your level range (20 levels below and 20 levels above, based on level) to collect Maplehood Watch Coupon Fragments to receive rewards!

AMONG US UPDATES

Among Us may be a multiplayer, social deduction game that became a worldwide sensation in 2020. In spite of the game’s release in 2018 by InnerSloth, Among Us broke out as a viral online game almost two years after its release. Before the sport surfaced as a mainstream game on various streaming platforms, the developers were within the drawing board for a sequel of Among Us. However, plans for a sequel have since been scrapped because the developers specialize in making Among Us a far better experience for the many players across the world. the sport is currently available on Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, and Nintendo Switch.

Among Us had over 221 million hours watched on Twitch in only three months

Among Us reportedly also saw 103.8 million unique viewers, and over a billion viewing sessions, showing just how massive Among Us truly was for the tail end of 2020. Though it seems strange to imagine, Among Us has reshaped the way players consider gaming online, and altered what social multiplayer games can appear as if.

How Among Us changed multiplayer

Prior to Among Us catching on with the broader gaming audience, most multiplayer games came in only two varieties – cooperative and competitive. When twiddling with friends, most players only really chose between these two opposites, and therefore the selected dynamic meant that players were often locked into a really fixed way of playing.

In cooperative games, players work together towards one goal, while in competitive games players are more curious about scoring wins over their friends. Among Us blurs this line, and therefore the dynamic system created by the sport caused players to explore a replacement social landscape in their games.

Among Us, quite the other game makes intrigue and subterfuge a core aspect of the sport. It’s very hard to play a cooperative game where lying to teammates might help, and in competitive games, it’s unlikely that opponents will plan to work together.

In Among Us, these become core aspects of the sport, as imposters are constantly trying to trick crewmates, and sow distrust among the team.

Among Us catches on, becomes a staple game on Twitch

The novelty of a game like Among Us created a superb dynamic for streamers and proved to be a hotbed for entertaining content. This naturally drew during a sizable audience and helped the sport catch on.

In just three months’ time, Among Us went from a little niche game played in small corners of the web to at least one of the most important and most influential games online. There was a time when the fastest-growing Twitch channels were all Among Us streamers, turning the sport into one among the simplest ways for newer or smaller content creators to urge noticed.

Hopefully, future updates to the sport will help sustain such a huge audience and it’ll be interesting to follow alongside the event over time.

FORTNITE UPDATES

Fortnite Season 5 may end with a big-bang that would destroy the whole map, again

Fortnite Season 5 is nearly coming to an in-depth. With the top of the present season, tons of the latest changes are speculated. The zero, which was exposed after the Galactus ordeal in Fortnite, has undergone tons of transformation as Season 5 progressed, and immediately, things look very unstable.

The zero has been a mysterious object within the game for a short time now. it has been opening up one portal after another through which Jonesy has been bringing in hunters from different parts of the universe. These different hunters have close and formed a metaverse of their own within Fortnite itself and are quite able to affect whatever evil the zero will cause within the upcoming days.

The zero at now of your time bears tons of resemblance with the zero back in Season X of Fortnite. Back then, the zero exploded and cause the destruction of the map, and immediately, with the way the zero looks currently, there is a high chance that the map might undergo an enormous transformation at the top of the present season.

However, the live event for the present season hasn’t been disclosed yet, so it’s really difficult to mention whether there’s getting to be anything substantial in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 6 with regards to the map at least. Their map may transform within the new season and therefore the real battle for Fortnite Island begins the very day Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 6 begins.

Epic Games vs Apple trial starting May 3rd will decide the longer term of Fortnite on iOS devices

The Saga of Fortnite on Apple iOS devices continues because the Epic Games vs. Apple trial will begin on 3 May 2021. While expected to be drawn out, the general outcome will determine the longer term of Fortnite on Apple’s mobile platform. Over the course of 35 hours, Epic Games will attempt to convince a judge that Apple’s platform hurts developers by only offering them one transaction system, which Apple takes a deep percentage from.

After Epic Games updated its mobile Fortnite app to bypass Apple’s transaction system with one among its own, the tech giant quickly removed the sport from its iOS app store. Fortnite has been unavailable to iOS gamers since Aug 13, 2020, as Epic Games and Apple battle within the courts over the legality of Epic’s actions and therefore the monopoly Apple holds over developers by forcing them to use their transaction system to process in-game payments.

The trial on 3 May is going to be held without a jury after Apple’s initial countersuit specifically asked for an attempt by the jury. Since then, both Epic and Apple have concluded that the case is best decided by a judge.

The agreement was made so both Epic’s initial suit and Apple’s countersuit might be tried simultaneously, without the necessity for 2 separate trials.

Epic Games filed an initial antitrust lawsuit against Apple in August, once Fortnite was far away from the App Store following Epic’s introduction of an immediate payment option in Fortnite that subverted Apple’s 30% fee.

Apple has filed a countersuit, claiming Epic violated its terms of service by not paying the 30% and is seeking reparations.

COUNTER-STRIKE: GLOBAL OFFENSIVE UPDATES

2020 RMR Sticker Capsules

Over the past year, the highest CS: GO teams within the world competed in regional ranking events for invitations to a serious Championship. Ultimately there would be no Major in 2020, but it’s important that fans have a chance to celebrate and recognize the diligence of the simplest teams of 2020. So, the 2020 CS: GO RMR Capsules got announced.

These capsules represent the teams that might have received invitations to the 2020 Fall Major, weakened by their invitation status (Legend, Challenger, Contender). You will find the ultimate RMR scores and standings here.

For these stickers, 50% of the proceeds directly support the teams.

2021 RMR Events

Regional RMR events to spot the 24 teams to ask the 2021 PGL Stockholm Major. 

RMR points are reset for 2021, however, the 2020 RMR Legends will start with 600, Challengers with 300, and contenders with 100 points.

Teams can now specify a substitute player (any player who isn’t registered to participate or substitute for an additional team) that’s breakaway their coach.

A team incurs a penalty once they substitute out a player on an occasion, but there’s no penalty when that player is brought back in.

During online matches, only players are allowed within the room and on the server. Neither coaches nor the other team staff are going to be allowed within the room, on the server, or to otherwise communicate with the team during a web match.

2021 Major Championship

CS: GO’s next Major Championship is going to be hosted by PGL, and can happen in Stockholm at the Ericsson Globe, October 23rd-November 7th, provided it’s safe to carry live competitive events by that point.

Twenty-four teams will battle for his or her share of a $2,000,000 prize pool. Those teams are going to be identified through a series of Regional Major Ranking (RMR) events throughout the year, initially happening online and culminating in a minimum of one offline RMR per region before the main. 

CS: GO UPDATE

GAMEPLAY

When a player disconnects or is kicked in classic competitive and wingman modes, they are not replaced by a bot. If the whole other team leaves, one bot is going to be left idling at the spawn point for the opposite team

Fixed bots that weren’t navigating properly in Warmup arenas

VIEW MODELS

Reduced size of SWAT sleeves matching all existing models

MISC

Fixed a crash in Windows dedicated server when “version” command is issued

Pings not move when walked over by characters, and can also not highlight weapons in competitive matches

Adjusted Retakes clip areas in Mirage and Train

PERFECT WORLD

Accounts that completed government biometric identification are upgraded to CS: GO Prime Account Status for Steam China

MAPS

Ancient

Further optimizations

Fixed some clipping bugs

Cache

Fixed a pixel-gap within the Cargo containers in T-Spawn

Fixed Cargo containers not having their proper colors

Fixed bomb explosions being visible above A-site

Engage

  • Removed several boost spots
  • Added stairs within the garage for better rotation flow
  • The breakable ceiling around A-site and Mid. Smokes and glashes can now be used on A-site
  • Removed “office” area on Mid
  • Both entrances of the hut are now wider for better player traffic flow between A-Site and Mid
  • Lowered A upper and bridge to form entire bombsite more readable
  • Removed several awkward angles on A-Site
  • Removed excessive areas on A-Site
  • Removed clutter on A-Site
  • Better FPS round the whole map
  • Guard
  • Widened inner a part of the connector
  • Reduced size of restaurant corner
  • Adjusted tarp positions on the truck to eliminate some angles
  • Lowered half-wall at Stairs
  • Adjusted timings by pushing CT spawns back a touch
  • Shifted the crates next to Tower further towards Pit
  • Enhanced visibility for various long-range angles
  • Removed electric box next to Bikes
  • Reduced amount of breakable glass at Shop
  • The blocked angle from CT boost to Pit
  • Increased size of ladder hole
  • Added location names
  • Fixed players having the ability to ascertain into the tower area when boosted at Dumpster
  • Fixed some Z-fighting and intersecting Geo
  • Fixed various visible nodraw textures
  • Fixed various bomb stuck spots
  • Fixed player stuck spot on Street
  • Clipping adjustments throughout the map
  • Minor visual adjustments and enhancements

STARCRAFT II UPDATES

The StarCraft II ESL Pro Tour concludes in 2021 at IEM Katowice!

After an extended year of intense competition, it has been rounded it right down to just 36 final contenders. From February 20 to twenty-eight, these challengers from across the planet compete over their share of the $250,000 prize pool – and therefore the once during a lifetime chance to lift the fantastic trophy of IEM Katowice 2021.

Blizzard Is Officially Ending Development on ‘StarCraft 2’

The ‘StarCraft’ team is freeing themselves to “think about what’s next”.

Blizzard is looking to wind down further development on the real-time strategy game StarCraft 2.In a recent blog post, the developer announced that it might be ending production on additional “for-purchase content” for the sport within the near future. While balance fixes and other updates will still be a priority, there’ll be no new content produced for the title. Instead, the team is going to be that specialize in “what’s next” further down the road.

There will be no further updates this year, but there’ll be future updates “as needed” within the future. As far as what players can anticipate, Blizzard has noted that being freed up for what essentially amounts to brainstorming extends beyond StarCraft 2 into the “StarCraft universe as an entire .”

It’s been since 2015 since the standalone expansion pack StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void debuted. However, StarCraft: Remastered debuted in 2017, and offered how for players both new and old to experience the first game that started it all with modern graphics and other important updates.

It isn’t clear at now what Blizzard has up its sleeve going forward, but with the top of an era will hopefully come some big developments.

ONE TOUR. ONE STORY

This is the ESL Pro Tour for StarCraft II, a yearly competition that mixes the past legacies of Blizzard, DreamHack, and ESL. Now in second year, they are building upon their system to make sure that anyone can check-in and play anywhere within the world. Goal is simple:

Create a world where everybody is often somebody.

STARCRAFT II 5.0.3 PATCH NOTES

GENERAL

New observer interface added, “Pro 2020”.

Supports 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, and 4v4 games at 16×9.

Previously seen earlier this year at IEM Katowice and fund Team League.

Features larger numbers and icons for improved mobile and couch viewing.

Reduced text for multi-region broadcasts.

CO-OP MISSIONS

Maps

Part and Parcel

The mission timer now starts with 90 additional seconds.

Scythe of Amon

The Warp Prism for the bonus objective will now announce its planned path 20 seconds before moving.

Alarak

Shadow of Death Prestige

This Prestige has been reworked.

The Mothership and its Destroyers do not receive reduced stats from this Prestige.

BUG FIXES

General

Fixed a rare crash that would occur when a player has their Shadow graphic settings set to Low.

Fixed a rare crash that could occur when a player exits the Hyperion bridge.

Fixed a crash that would occur during an Alt+F4 exit.

Fixed a bug within the Archon Mode where if the hosting player drops during the starting countdown, all other players’ countdown would freeze.

Campaign

Fixed various typos related 10th-anniversary campaign achievements.

Reworded the “Thanks for the Advice” achievement in “The Dig” mission to be clearer.

Reworded the “The Quick and therefore the Dead” achievement in “Echoes of the Future” mission to be clearer.

Reworded the “Eat, Love, Then Pray” achievement in “Phantoms of the Void” mission to be clearer.

The achievement, “The Great Purge” for “The Evacuation” mission now toasts after you’ve completed the achievement rather than after the sport ends.

DAYZ UPDATES

DayZ Update 1.10

Bohemia Interactive is happy to announce that Game Update 1.10 has arrived on all platforms! There are plenty of substantial changes to the present update, including the long-awaited return of the M3S truck. Alongside a drivable variant, they have also added fresh static variants for partial spawning. On top of that, all vehicles now offer increased engine durability during collisions with the environment, also because of the choice to repair the vehicle’s chassis with epoxy putty and therefore the engine itself with a tube wrench (unless your engine happens to be ruined). They also added player damage when jumping out of a car.

New shelters are added! they are available in three variants (stick, tarp, leather) and offer basic storage capacity, also as protection from the rain. Speaking of the weather, cold mornings and warm afternoons are more realistic now, as are local wind speeds and altitudes. Furthermore, players can temporarily contain heat from fireplaces, the interface now contains information about the warmth insulation qualities of a private piece of clothing, and warmth insulation / maximum absorption limits for all clothes are rebalanced, offering players a spread of choices regarding protection against the rain or cold.

Leg fractures are back also , along side improvised fixtures (splints). Legs are often broken all types of situations, including combat, stepping on a bear trap, falling or jumping from an excellent height, and even while jumping out of a car. confine mind that if you don’t fix a fracture with a splint, you’ll suffer limited movement, also as frequent shock damage, which may render you unconscious. Visualizations of current shock values are added (i.e. how close you’re to unconsciousness), also as when the particular shock damage is dealt. Applied splints are now visible on the injured player also .

Rounding out the update, the signal pistol has returned and may illuminate the night sky in four distinct colors, the longevity of things has been lowered dramatically, and locked doors stay locked during server restarts, while the remainder of the doors are randomized. Localization tweaks have also been added, including the introduction of localization into Brazilian Portuguese.

Finally, DayZ and DayZ Livonia are going to be fully playable on both PS5 & Xbox Series via backwards compatibility! 

DayZ Update 1.09

Bohemia Interactive is happy to announce that Game Update 1.09 has arrived on all platforms (08/09/2020). It brings tons of bug-fixes and also interesting new stuff. The long-awaited Revolver is making its return! This very cool looking gun is chambered with six rounds of the strong .357 ammo within an indoor rotating cylinder. additionally to the present , we’re also adding another fresh gun to DayZ – the Deagle. This beast of a pistol is out there in silver and rare gold variants, features a nine .357 round magazine and fits the re-introduced pistol scope, to interact targets over longer distances.

Developers have also been performing on some balancing of the sturdiness of individual firearms, mainly aimed toward lowering the sturdiness gap between chambered and magazine based weapons. With this, we’ve also increased the sturdiness of suppressors and removed the power to repair weapons with adhesive tape along side their attachments. Keep an eye fixed out and hold on to those weapon repair kits!

A new structure for base builders has been added – the flagpole. It aims to form base management easier by continuously refreshing the lifetime values of things and structures around. Meaning that you simply will not got to run fence by fence to stay them alive once you build and activate a flagpole in your base. Just keep an eye fixed on how low the flag is, because its position defines what percentage refresh cycles remain. There are 27 flag variants; we hope you discover your personal favorite.

DEAD BY DAYLIGHT UPDATES

When Dead By Daylight released in 2016, it had been received as an outrageously silly Halloween romp, a game to enjoy with friends who wanted to enjoys a quick, terrifying blood orgy before migrating to other, more refined multiplayer experiences. The premise is simple: Four players take the roles of survivors stuck during a ghastly, Saw-like bloodsport, repairing generators to power an exit gate before hightailing it to safety. The fifth player may be a killer, either adopted whole cloth from a prominent horror franchise or heavily inspired by one. The killer’s job is to stop the survivors from escaping, impaling them on ghastly meathooks and leaving them for a mysterious eldritch force known only because of the Entity. It’s pure camp, a cinematic murder simulator that delivers gauche slasher glee. Dead By Daylight to mature into one among the simplest cooperative and competitive multiplayer experiences around.

In the five years since Behaviour Interactive released Dead by Daylight on Steam, the sport has developed razor-sharp mechanical intrigue, an ultra-complex web of versatile builds and methods , and a various suite of characters, each equipped with relative strengths and weaknesses. What was a comedy-horror romp mutated into something much closer to League of Legends and Dota 2 in terms of depth. it’s going to be bewildering to think about that hardcore players can spend months scrutinizing the relative power-level and optimization path for Ghostface from Scream, but that’s where Dead By Daylight finds itself at the start of 2021: an esports-worthy venture hosted by Freddy Kreuger, Bubba Sawyer, and Michael Myers.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a problem which may prevent medkits with 32 charges to completely heal the second health state.
  • Fixed a problem that caused survivors auras to not be shown if a killer equipped with the Discordance perk enters the activation range after the survivors have started repairing a generator.
  • Fixed a problem that caused killers to possess their person view posture during the intro.
  • Fixed a problem that caused Halloween event hook auras to display a base.
  • Fixed a problem that cause the Nightmare to not dissolve at the top of his mori animation.
  • Fixed a problem that caused the Demogorgon to not have an animation when using the Shred ability.
  • Fixed a problem which will allow the killer to use its power before Blighted Rush after they hook a survivor while equipped with the Blighted Serum.
  • Fixed a problem that caused a Visceral Canker to seem if a killer is that the only user equipped with a search that might cause a canker to spawn.
  • Fixed a problem that caused a survivor’s model to stay during a Cage of Atonement when disconnecting.
  • Fixed a problem that caused Madness audio levels to be incorrect when switching spectated survivors.
  • Fixed a problem that caused the killer’s music theme to be heard as a spectator during a custom game lobby.

OVERWATCH UPDATES

When is Overwatch 2 coming out? It’s going to are a short time since Blizzard last gave us fresh details on this sequel, but it’s still considerably within the works. Interestingly, this new step into the Overwatch universe won’t be your average sequel. a number of its new multiplayer modes will actually be coming to Overwatch 1, and therefore the heroes also will be getting a touch of a makeover.

One thing’s needless to say, and that is that both games will coexist within the future. Whether you’re planning on learning Overwatch 2 or sticking with the primary game, you will be ready to play alongside other players from both games in PvP modes. That said, Overwatch 2 will primarily specialize in PvE story missions. Following their successful character cinematics, which has consistently proved to be big hits with the community, expect to ascertain a heavier specialization in cool environments and lore during this game. 

When is Overwatch 2’s release date?

At BlizzCon 2019, Blizzard said that Overwatch 2 remains early in development and is not sure when it will release.

We will hear more at BlizzConline 2021

Blizzard has announced that 2021’s BlizzCon is moving online from February 19-21, officially dubbed “BlizzConline”. Clever name aside, the event will more-or-less have an equivalent sort of fan-facing events that BlizzCons usually feature, including an in-depth Best Cosplay competition.

In December 2020, Blizzard posted a developer update detailing the new content that we will expect to ascertain within the original Overwatch soon. This included a stimulating new map and a few mentions of its deadly cars. However, game director Jeff Kaplan also confirmed that Overwatch 2 is going to be shown at BlizzConline.

What is Overwatch 2, exactly?

Well, it is a sequel to Overwatch, but not within the way that we usually believe sequels. By the sound of it, Overwatch 2 is more sort of a big expansion that focuses totally on PvE missions. These missions appear to create off the Overwatch Archive seasonal events from the past few years. The new story missions will likely have more story, dialogue, and cutscenes than the highly repeatable limited-time events.

Overwatch 2’s announcement cinematic is pure delight

The new 8-minute cinematic seems like a dramatic declaration of a replacement Overwatch age. It feels different from the disjointed hero cinematics that we’ve gotten won’t to over the years, tying together multiple characters into a focused story. Overwatch 2 will have a story that moves forward, and this is often the kickoff.

Overwatch 2 PvE missions are divided between ‘Story’ and ‘Hero’ missions

Overwatch 2 goes all-in on PvE. The game’s main campaign, made from co-operative Story Missions, will see new and old Overwatch heroes teaming up against the Null Sector, the robotic army players fought within the Uprising event from the first game.

According to Blizzard, players will “team up as different sets of heroes and fight to defend the planet from the omnic forces of Null Sector, uncover the motives behind the robotic armies’ attacks, and are available face-to-face with rising new threats around the globe.”

Story missions also will have item pickups that will slightly modify a hero’s playstyle. The three shown were an HP generator, a corrosive grenade, and a barrier shield almost like Winston’s. Any hero within the mode can pick these up and use them at will, but they do not carry over between missions.

On the opposite end of PvE is Hero Missions, missions break away the story that is designed to be highly replayable. during this mode, players can level up heroes and unlock customization options that modify their abilities. within the gameplay trailer, we see a modified Tracer build that chains her Pulse Bomb explosion to multiple enemies.

As far as we will tell, these ability modifiers are exclusive to PvE and won’t have any impact on PvP.

WORLD OF TANKS UPDATES

World of Tanks 1.0 introduces complete graphics and sound overhaul

The new World of Tanks Updates 1.0 lands today in Europe and North America, unleashing Wargaming’s high-end Core graphics engine exclusive for PC players. the newest installment takes tank combat to new heights with improved visuals, 29 completely reworked battlefields, a replacement soundtrack, and therefore the new Glacier map.

Update 1.0 is released in partnership with Intel Corporation to assist make sure that World of Tanks remains up so far on the newest technological advances and uses them to reinforce its gaming experiences.

Update 1.0 improves the baseline technology for the sport, introducing the in-house developed Core engine. Intel is committed to driving technical innovation within the PC gaming industry. The advancements being made by Wargaming in its next release of World of Tanks represent a subsequent generation of PC gaming experiences.

Celebrating the launch of Update 1.0, World of Tanks has announced the Grand Extravaganza, a two-week-long marathon filled with battling and rewards. Starting March 23 until April 6, players will get chances to earn multiple in-game bonuses, also as prizes from Intel.

Together with greater visual fidelity, Update 1.0 adds a brand-new dynamic soundtrack. Each in-game location gets its own theme that resonates with its setting, creating a singular atmosphere for each battlefield. Published by Sony Music Entertainment, the planet of Tanks official soundtrack are going to be available for listening and downloading for free of charge in the least major music platforms.

ANZ Premier League Season Two Announcement!

The Premier League are going to be an 11-week tournament running from Friday the 12th of March till the Finals persisted Saturday the 22nd of May LIVE at Fortress Melbourne during a special on-ground event (permitted by no COVID lockdown or restrictions), fighting for glory, bragging rights, and a $20,000 AUD cash prize.

Format

8 Teams

Team size: 5 players + 2 reserves

5v5 Tier X

Brothers in Arms tanks only (excluding EBR and Reward Vehicles)

Four rounds (Attack/Defense) in an hour period, 10-minute battle duration with intervals

Played the Friday of every week from 7 PM till 11 PM UTC+11 (6 PM till 10 PM when DLST ends)

Win = 3 points, Draw = 1 point, Loss = 0 points.

ROBLOX UPDATES

Roblox shows why it’s the most well-liked game and IPO

Forget Fortnite or Minecraft for that matter. Parents everywhere know there’s a replacement game in town that’s rapidly gobbling up all of their kids’ free time and attention: Roblox.

The company behind this popular culture phenomenon filed Thursday with the US Securities and Exchange Commission to travel public and also disclosed a much bigger aspiration that’s the last word dream of gamers and science-fiction aficionados: enabling a life-like virtual playground universe for billions of individuals. Given the extent of Roblox Corp’s progress this year, on top of its widening lead over competitors, I wouldn’t bet against it.

The San Mateo, California-based company’s metrics are impressive. Its prospectus shows Roblox’s bookings, the gaming industry’s primary measure of sales soared by 171% within the first nine months of 2020 to $1.24 billion from $458 million the prior year. Daily users grew by about 80% to quite 30 million within the period. and maybe most impressive, each of these gamers the bulk of whom are 12 and younger, spent a mean of 2.6 hours each day on Roblox.

It’s an honest time to be in video gaming. the whole industry has thrived amid the pandemic due to lockdown orders and a scarcity of in-home entertainment options. But these Roblox numbers significantly surpass its peers and can go far toward persuading investors to offer the corporate the $1 billion or more it’s hoping to boost to achieve its ambitions.

From the dawn of interactive entertainment, gamers have salivated over the prospect of living and socializing inside a totally realized world, using life-like customized digital characters. Roblox is aiming at this goal. the corporate says it plans to take a position aggressively to enable higher-fidelity avatars and improve its visual and audio capabilities.

Roblox is building an increasingly unassailable lead within the virtual world market. quite the other gaming company, it’s found out the way to maintain and build a self-sustaining ecosystem of creators and users. because the virtuous feedback circuit between the 2 sides accelerates, wherein an outsized population attracts high-quality content creation and the other way around, it’ll get harder for rivals to catch up. Already, the numbers are staggering: so far, there are nearly 7 million active developers who have made quite 18 million gaming experiences for Roblox, including many virtual items that gamers can use to personalize their characters. No other platform comes close.

Money also talks. Nearly 1 million creators have earned “Robux,” the platform’s virtual currency which will be converted into US dollars, over the past year; 250 of them made $100,000 or more. And there’s scope for bigger payoffs. While the bulk of Roblox’s current users are of the younger set, they’ll be growing up in time, and therefore the company says content spending dramatically improves for users older than 13. Its younger base may be a big asset.

Unlike other competitors that generate large portions of their revenue selling and making their own game content, Roblox’s entire business model depends on enabling its users to make immersive virtual worlds. So far, it’s been a winning strategy. And it’s got tons more runway.